'The time of the National Steam Gala has arrived on the Waterdown Railway, and all of the engines are excited to be reunited with friends from across The Region. Atlas in particular is excited for the event, but when it's put in jeopardy from an unexpected arrival, Atlas must learn from his past if he is going to help save the railway's future. The final episode of Crossed Lines.'
Final trivia time!
- I gave into temptation and had a soundtrack made up from other films and shows, I feel like it added a much more cinematic ooomph to the scenes. - Ince Castle being hit with the poster was a visual joke that I recycled from an old script. - If you look closely on Mr Traverse's rail gala pamphlet, you can see what Stepney and The Flying Scotsman would look like in Crossed Lines, as well as a cheeky cameo of Maude from Auld Lang Syne. - Things I learnt: It's easier to bluescreen green engines than greenscreen green engines. - Atlas' model has developed this strange gallop whenever he starts when running on DC power. It makes him look constantly panicked whenever he starts moving. - My favourite sequence is Ember pulling the express, I think it has some of the best shots in the series. It was actually based on a photo I'd seen in a railway book, proof that they can inspire you in many possible ways. - At one point, Ember is seen wearing a nice little headboard. This was going to be something that she wore in each scene she was pulling the express, but I ended up misplacing it at some point. - Isaac, Traverse and Valentine's conversation at the start of the last scene in Part 1 was unscripted, and it just so happened that several bits matched up brilliantly enough to create its own scene. - I pushed myself to show off several big events – the reunion of Atlas and Ember, the rail crash that separated them, a character that reflected what Ember became and the Masonry Bridgers uniting to save the day. I feel like it all pays off in the end. - Ferrus, the stationary boiler engine, was going to have a 3D face, but in the end I couldn't quite wrangle how it would look. His face was modulated to sound like General Grievous from Star Wars. One of the scenes with Ferrus in was based on a scene from Mean Girls. - At different points while writing this story, there were many ways for Hardgraves to attack the Waterdown. He had a bulldozer to demolish West Shed where Ember was hiding, he was going to damage a suspension bridge and all the engines had to team together to stop an important train from going over, he even had an old scrap yard steam engine doing his bidding at one point. I feel as if the way his attack turned out in the finished story worked the best, as much as I would have loved to smash up a set for the occasion. - Though I realise that mid-editing, the sequence was very much like any giant-robot-fighting-mecha show, where they do shots in the cockpit of the robot, only this case it's a diesel engine. - The final shot was something I had in my mind from the start of writing, I knew I wanted something big and heart-warming to be the final image to leave the series on. It was sort of inspired by The Titfield Thunderbolt, but evolved and became more like a curtain call.
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